Pakistan Sends First Skier To Winter Olympics

Years ago, a Pakistani boy fell in love with skiing. In the foothills of Asia's great mountains, he tied wooden boards to his feet and slid downhill. A survival trainer noticed Muhammad Abbas and other boys. He found skis for the kids. Now that man is coaching Abbas, who at 24 is Pakistan's first competitor in a Winter Olympics.

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Years ago, a Pakistani boy fell in love with skiing. In the foothills of Asia's great mountains, he tied wooden boards to his feet and slid downhill. A survival trainer noticed Muhammad Abbas and other boys and found skis for the kids. Now that man is coaching Muhammad Abbas, who at 24 is Pakistan's first ever competitor in the Winter Olympics. There's no big ski slope in Pakistan, so his run today will be his first race of the year.

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